The St. Tammany Sheriff’s Office is participating in the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission’s “Buckle Up in Your Truck” campaign this month.
As part of this statewide campaign, which runs April 17-24, STPSO will increase deputy patrols in neighborhoods and on our highways to conduct extra seat belt enforcement and checkpoints.
The extra manpower is being provided for this initiative by the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission, which also helps fund extra DWI patrols and underage alcohol enforcement throughout the year.
Pickup trucks are twice as likely to roll over in a crash, and Louisiana pickup truck drivers and passengers are less likely to wear their seat belts, creating “a safety double whammy” that the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission is addressing through a seat belt enforcement campaign.
The fine for not wearing a seat belt in Louisiana is $50, and subsequent offenses carry a $75 fine plus court costs.